Clean Water – Ngampel
On to the next project – checking again on a past project in the village of Ngampel, about an hour from Surakarta (also known as Solo). This is a little different in that it collects spring water from higher up in the mountains with no pump involved. The water then gravity flows downhill through a PVC pipe system to various storage tanks and distribution points. The good news is the system works well, until the rainy season, then there’s so much water the pipes break. So again, the villagers pay a small fee into a fund so they can fix the pipes every few weeks when they break. Yes, it’s inefficient but for the pipes not to break, they would have to be buried and that isn’t going to happen, because it’s straight downhill from the spring to the tanks to the village.
Part of this project was the construction of 10 MCK (mandi, cuci, karus) sanitation facilities – basically a toilet, hand washing and outside faucet facilities. Here is one attached to a small Christian church on the mountainside. There was no sign (only a cross) and no one knew the denomination. But it was in good condition, clean and appeared to be used. there are others attached to Mosque’s and other public places.
Sadly, here is a picture of one that was build in an area the locals did NOT want. So they vandalized it rendering it useless.